Thursday, May 28, 2020

Franklin Public Library: June News & Events

June News & Events for the Franklin Public Library

Even though we are closed, the Library still has so much to offer! Here are updates and information regarding the Library's services during this closure:

The Franklin Library is now open for Curbside Delivery! Make your request online in our catalog at , and limit your search for Franklin owned items. Wait until you receive an email, text, or call that your holds are ready. You may also check your Minuteman account online.  If the items are checked out to you, they are ready for pickup. Pick up is at the School Street entrance Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
We are living in a time in history that will be remembered and discussed for generations. The Library would like to collect images of Franklin's experiences, ranging from the good to the challenging. Please share with us images of your experience during the Covid-19 pandemic and staying at home. Add your images to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #FranklinStaysHome. We will get through this together!

Fun free apps for book fans:  Litsy is Instagram for bibliophiles. Post photos of your favorite books, write a review, share a quote, and create a "stack" of TBRs.  Catch up on your classics with Serial Reader!  This app breaks up classic novels into short, 20 minutes or less, reads.  If you allow notifications, it will alert you when it's time to read the next chapter.

Would you like a virtual escape to a world-class art museum?  Check out Google Arts & Culture.  Walk the halls of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence or London's Victoria & Albert Museum with just the click of your mouse. You can also search by artist or art movement.

Summer Reading at the Franklin Public Library!
Summer Reading Sign-ups are Live on the Franklin Public Library Website! Visit our Summer Reading Portal and sign up each of your children on a convenient google form right on our website!
The Portal will also contain:
  • Links to the school summer reading instructions
  • FAQs
  • A google form to help us track your reading! 
  • Special videos from our summer performers!
  • Downloadable activities!
Summer Reading Bags will be available for curbside pickup at 10 AM beginning on June 1st! Call the Children's Room when you arrive at the library, and we will help make sure you're signed up/check you off our list, and bring your summer reading bags out to you! Inside the summer reading bags, you'll find everything you need to have an awesome summer with the library, including:
  • Your reading logs and stickers (and instructions) to track your reading progress!
  • A jam-packed virtual event calendar to hang on the fridge!
  • Special activity packets that correspond with each themed week of the summer! 
  • Fun surprises!
The Summer Reading Theme this year is: Imagine Your Story, with a fun focus on fantasy and fairytales, and we've got a great calendar of virtual events that correspond with our weekly themes, from Knight Training Camp to Mythology Week, Dragon Week, Wizard Week and more! We can't wait to make this an epic summer!

Imagine Your Summer! A Virtual Creators Club on Facebook!
Do you like to draw? Write? Code? Cook? Knit? Make collages? We want to celebrate making in all its forms this summer! Join our Facebook Group, called Imagine Your Summer! (available on the library Facebook Page in the groups tab!) We will be posting fun themed prompts throughout each week to help inspire your creativity, but we are also REALLY excited to have a space for you to share any creative projects you're working on or have made! This group is meant to serve creators of all ages, kids and grown-ups alike! Let's make this a super fun summer! If you can imagine it, we want to see it!

Weekly Virtual Storytime Schedule!
Wake Up Wiggles! 9:15AM on Facebook Live!
Dungeons & Dragons! 3:30-5:30PM on Discord! Email to get involved!

Tummy Time for babies! 9:30AM on our Tummy Time Attendees Facebook Page
Bookworm Bounce! 4:00PM on Facebook Live!

Wake Up Wiggles! 9:15AM on Facebook Live!
Dungeons & Dragons! 3:30-5:30PM on Discord! Email to get involved!

Tummy Time for babies! 9:30AM on our Tummy Time Attendees Facebook Page
Bookworm Bounce! 4:00PM on Facebook Live!

Friday: Happy Feet with Miss Bree! (Class Registration: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A LIVE ONLINE PROGRAM THAT WILL TAKE PLACE VIA ZOOM. To register, please email!)

Saturday: Bookworm Bounce! 4:00PM on Facebook Live!

Special Virtual Events for Families in June!
The Inn is Open for Digital D&D! Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Join F.P.L.'s Dungeons & Dragons Discord Server! We've got two groups meeting online already and are Looking for more! To join us make an account at then email for an invite to the server! We are using currently to facilitate our games.

Where's the Wizard? With Mr. Vinny! Saturday June 13th, 10:30-11:30AM Somewhere in Franklin!
Where in Franklin is Mr. Vinny and his Giant Puppet? Join the fun for a Social Distancing Seek and Find! Follow the clues posted in the Facebook event and try to spot Mr. Vinny and the puppet from your vehicle!

Cartooning Workshop for Kids! Tuesday June 23rd, 1:00PM on Zoom!
Join us for a one hour virtual cartooning workshop for beginners! Learn about character design and human expression! All you need is a stack of paper in front of you and something you like to draw with!  IDEAL FOR KIDS IN GRADES 3-7!
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A LIVE ONLINE PROGRAM THAT WILL TAKE PLACE VIA ZOOM. To register for this class, email Caleigh at by June 22nd!

Good Knight Storytime! Saturday June 27th, 6:30PM on Facebook Live!
Celebrate the end of "Knight Week" with a virtual storytime on Facebook live! Get the pre-bedtime wiggles out, and enjoy some swashbuckling stories!

ScienceTellers Present: Dragons! Return of the Ice Sorceress! Monday, June 29th on Facebook!
Join ScienceTellers for a fun virtual story that combines magic, science, and storytelling! Don't miss this fun fantasy adventure featuring awesome dry ice experiments to bring the story to life! The video will be available in the Facebook event and on our website starting June 29th!

Virtual Programs for Adults

Feasting From Your Pantry with Liz Barbour, Tuesday, June 2, 7:00 p.m.
Whether you are a seasoned cook or complete novice, creating a meal from what you've got on hand is always a challenge. We've all stocked our pantries as best we could, and are now trying to figure out how to pull it all together to make an easy, healthy, and delicious meal. Join Liz for this fun and tasty class. Liz will share her pantry basics and inspire you to be creative with what you've got. Following her discussion, Liz will demonstrate 2 pantry recipes anyone can cook at home.
About Liz: Chef Liz Barbour, owner of The Creative Feast has been cooking professionally in the Boston area throughout her career. Liz's cooking demonstrations and recipes have been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle, Channel 9's "Cooks Corner" and in various publications including New Hampshire Magazine and New Hampshire Home. In 2017, Liz published her first cookbook "Beautifully Delicious: Cooking with Herbs & Edible Flowers". Follow Liz on FACEBOOK to see her Facebook Live cooking demonstrations.

To register for this class, follow the link above. Following registration, you will receive a one-time login/password for the class. Registrants DO NOT need a Zoom account nor do they need to create an account.
Joining via computer: A registrant can simply click on the link provided in the confirmation email.
Joining via smartphone or tablet: A registrant may need to download the Zoom Cloud Meetings application. The application is free and does not require that they create an account.

Changing Careers: Reinventing Oneself in Today's Job Market, Tuesday, June 9, 6:30 p.m.
Transitioning into a new profession can be a challenging and daunting undertaking. We will discuss and explore various strategies to help make the transition from one industry to another a smooth one. This is a group discussion where everyone's experiences and opinions are welcomed. This workshop will be conducted by Senior Employment Specialist Gary Gekow.
To register, please use the link below:

Painting Demonstration with Artist Eli Cedrone, Saturday, June 13, 12:00 p.m.
This virtual, interactive class is for all levels, working in a medium of your choice. Topics covered include:
1.  Understanding the color of light and the color of shadows will help bring your paintings to life. Using color to capture the light and shadow of your subject will add that eye-catching drama that prevents your paintings from being dull.
2.  Keeping your color clean allows for better definition in your painting. I explain how to mix your color to keep it clean, avoiding the common problem of muddy color in the shadows.
3.  Learn to work with the colors on your palette to produce the correct light in your paintings. You don't need every color on your palette. I'll show you which colors to use to get the color harmony that's desired in your artwork.
You don't need any supplies - just watch, take notes and enjoy. Eli will explain her methods and show you some easy ways to get your creativity flowing. This is a great time to begin painting or take your work to a whole new level.  Visit her EVENTS page to register:

Salary and Benefits Negotiation, Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 p.m.
For many individuals, discussing compensation with employers is a risky and uncomfortable endeavor, yet it is imperative that people have the necessary tools to advocate for themselves. Is the salary commensurate with your market value? Can allowances be made with respect to additional vacation time and increased stock options? We will discuss strategies to help bolster confidence and gain knowledge as it relates to business negotiations. This workshop will be conducted by Senior Employment Specialist Gary Gekow.
To register, please follow the link below:

Conquering Clutter with Certified Professional Organizer Janine Cavanaugh, Wednesday, June 17, 7:00 p.m.
It's easy to accumulate things, and bring stuff into our spaces, but it can be difficult to remove things and discard clutter. Want to conquer clutter with confidence? This workshop will discuss effective clutter controlling solutions that will help you take control of your spaces, places, and stuff. Learn how to get rid of clutter once and for all. To register, please visit:

Modern Literary Salon featuring the New England Indie Authors Collective, Thursday, June 18, 7:00 p.m.
This Modern Literary Salon will offer a combination of entertainment and discussion. This event will include readings from a memoirist, a poet, and a novelist, plus short performances from a playwright's one-man play. The entertainment portion will be followed by a discussion of their individual creative processes. For more information, please visit . To register, please visit:

A Guide to Interviewing for Graduating Students and their Families, Tuesday, June 23, 6:30 p.m.

This skills-based workshop is geared toward high school students embarking on college interviews and college graduates facing employment interviews. Human Resource Managers and College Admissions Officers have high expectations as it relates to interview processes. In this session, we will learn a variety of strategies to help students navigate through this challenging experience. We will review key preparation checklists and examine best practices to help create a unique voice that will separate individual students from the pack of others. We will also discuss social media and the dangers of posting too much. This workshop will be led by Senior Employment Specialist Gary Gekow.To register, please visit:

Making & Flying Miniature Kites, Wednesday, June 24, 7:00 p.m.
Learn to build and fly a miniature kite that will fly while you walk. No wind required! This is a delightful activity that requires very few materials and can be done quickly at time. If you can't go outside you can always fly a kite indoors! For more information, please visit . To register, please use this link:

Franklin Library Virtual Book Club, Tuesday, June 30, 7:00 p.m.
For our June meeting, we will be discussing Red At The Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson. Please email Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at to reserve a copy of the book. To register, please visit: .

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Franklin Public Library: June News & Events
Franklin Public Library: June News & Events

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